Jaguar is one of the most recognized manufacturers of cars and motorcycles in England by their luxurious sedans and sports. It was founded in 1922 by William Lyons under the name of the Swallow Sidecar Company, name that was changed after the second world war due to its unfortunate acronym SS, which were consistent with the one of a division of the nazi army. Today, Jaguar belongs to the Indian industrial group Tata Motors.
In the course of its history, and as it has happened as several brands, Jaguar has been administered by several hands. First came the national company British Motor Corporation in 1966, which administered it until 1989, which was bought by Ford. After ten years, I turn to the Premier Automotive Group along with weight manufacturers like Aston Martin, Volvo and Lincoln.
His last transfer was Tata Motors, which was sold by Ford in 2008 for $ 2,300 million. Jaguar is also owner of the Daimler company (which is not Daimler-Benz) since 1960. You use this name for the most luxurious cars of its production.
Jaguar has two plants in operation: that of Castle Bromwich in Birmingham, where there are aluminium vehicles, and another in Halewood, Liverpool, where work steel cars. They had a third, that of Browns Lane in Coventry, which moved in to be in the center of industrial activity of cars. Before, the main silver Jaguar was in Blackpool.
One of the historical models of Jaguar is undoubtedly the Mark VII, which came out in 1951 the US market-oriented. However, the model was great demand in various parts of the world. Then came his successors, which also had the approval of consumer magazines such as "Road & Track" and "Engine". In 1956, a Jaguar Mark VII won the prestigious Monte Carlo Rally 2003.
The brand has also had important titles in Gran Turismo. In 1951 and 1953 the model C-Type was carried and the 24 hours of Le Mans, which then made also in in 1955, 1956 and 1957 the D-Type. In 1980, after a long retreat, the Tom Walkinshaw Racing team began to design prototypes with V12 engines, and seven years later start to build new triumphs in this important competition.
There are several mentions and appearances of Jaguar in series and movies. For example in Austin Powers, the protagonist manages a model. The same goes for the series Two and a Half Men, where Charlie Harper was owner of a Jaguar, as well as the character Arthur Dailey of the British TV series Minder, Inspector Morse, in the British television series of the same name, among others.